Top prospect commits to Missouri volleyball team

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 | 10:48 p.m. CDT; updated 11:02 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 10, 2012

COLUMBIA – The Missouri volleyball team has received a commitment from top prospect Taylor Simpson, a 6-3 outside hitter from Colorado Springs, Colo.

Simpson, who was the No. 9 recruit nationally out of high school in 2010 according to and played at Nebraska last season, transferred from the Cornhuskers to Florida State before committing to Mizzou last week.

At Nebraska, Simpson had 13 kills and nine blocks in 12 matches in 2011. She will be eligible to play in the fall of 2012.

"Taylor is a great player and an even better person, and we couldn't be happier with her decision to become a Mizzou Tiger," Missouri coach Wayne Kreklow said in a release. “She has the physical tools and skill set to have an immediate impact on our team and program."

Simpson, who played at Doherty High School in Colorado Springs, was the Colorado high School Class 5A Player of the Year in 2009 and was a member of the U.S. Youth Olympic Team that finished second in 2010 Singapore Games. In 30 matches during her senior year of high school, Simpson tallied 471 kills, 60 blocks, 312 digs and 21 aces.

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